A select group of students from Algoma, Kewaunee and Luxemburg-Casco high schools now have a better idea about the inner workings of local government after participating in the 55th annual “Youth Government Day” on Wednesday (May 1).

The students were awarded certificates following tours of the Kewaunee County Courthouse, County Jail with the Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department, Kewaunee County Jail Museum and County Offices.

Judge Keith Mehn swears in the “jury” for a mock trial during Youth Government Day 2019.

Other highlights for the students included acting as a jury in a mock trial and casting a mock ballot on an electronic voting machine (pictured above).

“The goal is to teach these students the functions of county government and how we as elected officials serve the community,” said Jamie Annoye, Kewaunee County Clerk.

Students tour the Kewaunee County Jail Museum.

Other elected officials taking part in the program with Annoye were Judge Keith A. Mehn, District Attorney Andrew Naze, Clerk of Circuit Court Becky Deterville, Coroner Rory Groessl, Sheriff Matt Joski, County Board Chairman Robert Weidner, County Treasurer Michelle Dax, and Register of Deeds Germaine Bertrand

A group photo of the students participating in Kewaunee County Youth Government Day 2019.

Youth Government Day is sponsored by these American Legion posts and auxiliaries: Ernest Haucke Post 236, Algoma; Thibaudeau-Drossart Post 319, Casco; Robinson Post 538, Carlton; Kewaunee Post29, Kewaunee and Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg.

Photos by Jennifer Gonzales, Kewaunee County tourism coordinator/public information officer